DTDCraig Anderson
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1 month ago

Anderson wins the Bill Masterton Trophy for his perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication during a difficult personal season.

EDGE Analysis

Anderson appeared in just 40 games for the Senators, but was outstanding during his limited appearances, finishing with a 25-11-4 record, a 2.28 GAA and .926 save percentage. His .941 save percentage at even strength was also the best in the league, ahead of Sergei Bobrosvky and well ahead of Jennings Trophy winner Braden Holtby. Anderson was supposed to take an extended leave of absence when his wife, Nicholle, was diagnosed with throat cancer right before the season, but was pressed into action in late October when Andrew Hammond suffered a groin injury. He then took two months off between December and February to care for wife, but made a triumphant return with a 33-save shutout against the Islanders before winning eight of his next 10 games and ultimately backstopping the Sens to an Eastern Conference finals berth.

DTDCraig Anderson
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2 months ago

Anderson battled through a back injury throughout the Senators' playoff run, Bruce Garrioch of TSN reports.

EDGE Analysis

The goaltender was a big part of the team's success this season and looks to continue that role in the future, so hopefully he'll be able to avoid any lingering back pain before next season starts.

DTDCraig Anderson
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2 months ago

Anderson made 39 saves in Thursday's 3-2 double overtime Game 7 loss to the Penguins.

EDGE Analysis

Anderson was once again far busier than counterpart Matt Murray, who faced just 29 shots. While he did a terrific job of shutting down Pittsburgh's top forwards, Anderson surrendered two goals and an assist to 37-year-old Chris Kunitz of all people. His 2.34 GAA and .922 save percentage in 19 playoff games came tantalizingly close to earning a Stanley Cup Finals berth, but the 36-year-old veteran will end up a spectator just like everyone who doesn't play for the Penguins or Predators.

DTDCraig Anderson
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2 months ago

Anderson won't alter his preparation heading into Thursday's Game 7 matchup with Pittsburgh, TSN 1200 reports.

EDGE Analysis

Anderson made an astonishing 45 of a possible 46 saves Tuesday, stonewalling the Pens in order to force this Game 7 contest. On the road this postseason, the netminder is 5-4 with a 2.43 GAA, so fantasy owners probably shouldn't expect too much of a drop off in form. There is little doubt that the outcome of Thursday's clash will largely depend on whether the 36-year-old can keep stars Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Phil Kessel off the scoresheet.

DTDCraig Anderson
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2 months ago

Anderson made 45 saves in Tuesday's 2-1 Game 6 win over the Penguins.

EDGE Analysis

Pittsburgh carried play with a 46-30 shot advantage, including a 23-10 edge in the second period, but Anderson outplayed Matt Murray to send this series to a deciding Game 7. While his lone blemish came on an Evgeni Malkin tally 4:51 into the second, the veteran netminder also stopped six shot attempts apiece by Malkin and Sidney Crosby en route to his highest save total of these playoffs. He'll have to shine once again for Ottawa to upset the defending Stanley Cup champs on the road.

DTDCraig Anderson
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2 months ago

Anderson will defend the goal for Tuesday night's elimination game against the Penguins.

EDGE Analysis

Anderson's poor showing in Game 5 seemed to be just a classic case of an off-day coming at a very bad time and the same can be said for the rest of the Senators, as the 7-0 loss put them at the brink of elimination. That said, as pointed out by AJ Jakubec of TSN 1200, teams that have lost by 4+ goals in this year's playoffs are 4-1 in their next game. Obviously, that's no guarantee that Anderson and his team will be able to shake off that humiliating loss, but the odds are at least somewhat in their favor.

DTDCraig Anderson
G OTT
2 months ago

Anderson was pulled twice Sunday in a 7-0 Game 5 loss to Pittsburgh. He was pulled for one shift in the first and then finally after the first period. He allowed four goals on 10 shots.

EDGE Analysis

It was a Pepto-Bismol night for the entire squad -- Anderson got no help, per se, in the game. He'll be fine in Game 6.

DTDCraig Anderson
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2 months ago

Anderson will be in net for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 36-year-old has stepped up in the Eastern Conference Finals, with a .949 save percentage and 1.48 GAA in the four games against the Penguins. That said, Pittsburgh is tied for the highest goals per game in the playoffs at 2.94, so there is a bit of risk to starting Anderson.

DTDCraig Anderson
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2 months ago

Anderson saved 32 of 35 shots during Friday's Game 5 loss to Pittsburgh.

EDGE Analysis

After stopping 80 of 83 shots (.964 save percentage) through the first three games of the conference finals, Anderson wasn't as sharp Friday. Pittsburgh has now fought back twice in this series to avoid falling behind two games, but arguably the most crucial matchup is ahead. The winner of Sunday's Game 5 at PPG Paints Arena will be in the driver's seat, and Pittsburgh has followed up a 31-6-4 home-ice record during the regular season by going 5-3 in the postseason. Ottawa will need Anderson to return to the form he showed in the first three contests of this series if the Sens are going to take a 3-2 lead back to Ottawa for Game 6.

DTDCraig Anderson
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2 months ago

Anderson will be in goal for Friday night's Game 4 against the Penguins.

EDGE Analysis

Despite enduring a loss in Game 2 of the series, Anderson has thoroughly shut down the Penguins in these conference finals, allowing just one goal in each game and posting an impressive .964 save percentage en route to two victories. It is worth noting that Ottawa's defense, led by Erik Karlsson, has been absolutely stellar lately -- in a playoffs dominated by high shot totals, Anderson has faced fewer than 30 shots in each of the last three contests. The 35-year-old keeper will look to stay hot and give his team a commanding 3-1 series lead Friday.